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The Saint in London (1939)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 30 June 1939 (USA)
The Saint returns to London and with the help of an American pickpocket and a beautiful adventuress breaks a counterfeiting ring.


Lynn Root (screen play), Frank Fenton (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Simon Templar / The Saint
Sally Gray ... Penny Parker
David Burns ... Dugan
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... Inspector Claud Teal
Henry Oscar ... Bruno Lang
Athene Seyler ... Mrs. Buckley
John Abbott ... Count Stephen Duni
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Kussella
Charles Carson ... Mr. Morgan
Carl Jaffe Carl Jaffe ... Stengler
Norah Howard Norah Howard ... Mrs. Morgan
Ballard Berkeley ... Sir Richard Blake
Charles Paton ... Tobacco Shop Proprietor


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He's at it again! Fiction's fighting man of mystery! Chasing down the most dramatic crime in London legend! Shock-charged drama--with a peppery bit of love on the side! You'll laugh--shiver--THRILL! See more »


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Release Date:

30 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Santo en Londres See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Simon Templar: Your modesty overwhelms me, Mr. Lang.
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Referenced in The Saint's Double Trouble (1940) See more »

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Fast paced mystery with nice camaraderie among characters
5 July 2012 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Society girl Penny Parker (Sally Gray) describes what she has heard about the Saint: "He's supposed to be tall and handsome, and he's supposed to have a cross-shaped scar...." She pauses as Simon Templar, with whom she has been dancing, reaches over to light her cigarette, baring his right wrist. She takes a glance and coolly resumes: "A cross-shaped scar on his right wrist."

George Sanders is back as Simon Templar in this easygoing mystery. Sally Gray and David Burns are his two loyal sidekicks: the three leads together make up a fun trio—as different as can be, and yet enjoying each other's company immensely.

Gray is the girl who begins tagging along after Templar pretty much as soon as she realizes his identity, offering assistance, getting in the way, and saving his life once or twice. Burns is fun as Dugan, the American ex-convict (from Leavenworth, not Sing Sing!) who hires on as Templar's valet and performs various duties. Part comic relief, part right hand man, Dugan has a clear philosophy: "Me? I figure to do just like I'm told, and then maybe muscle in on the fireworks later on."

The mystery plot itself is nothing spectacular; it follows a high class gang's scheme to print off a large stack of foreign money, and the Saint's efforts to ferret out and capture their leader, Bruno Lang (played with suave nastiness by Henry Oscar).

My favorite line: Penny Parker explaining to Dugan that the Saint isn't really a criminal…. "He's more like a sort of Robin Hood." "Yeah?" Dugan snaps suspiciously. "Who's this guy Hood?"

Overall, it's simple but lots of fun, with Sanders excellent as always as the irresistible Simon Templar.

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